Definition of hiatus
1a : a break in or as if in a material object : gap the weedy hiatus between the town and the railroad — Willa Cather the hiatus between the theory and the practice of the party — J. G. Coltonb biology : a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2a : an interruption in time or continuity : break; especially : a period when something (such as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted after a 5-year hiatus from writing a summer hiatusb : the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound
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Examples of hiatus in a Sentence
The band is making an album again after a five-year hiatus.
steam was rising from an hiatus in the ground
Recent Examples of hiatus from the Web
Fergie — who is currently on hiatus from the Peas to focus on her solo career — is not featured in the novel, whose story-line pre-dates her joining the group.
One of the reasons York chose to introduce her new identity to the public now has to do with her return to the racing world, after a nearly two-decade hiatus.
Azarenka has played only five matches since returning to the tour after a hiatus to have her first baby.
After a six-year hiatus from the couture world, Alaïa staged its big comeback today with the help of Naomi Campbell.
The move comes during the summer hiatus in England’s Premier League.
To the delight of return visitors, the Sailor's Pub reopened this summer after a two-year hiatus.
There was a three-year hiatus between Salt-N-Pepa’s past two albums.
With pregnant Serena Williams on hiatus, the women’s Wimbledon title is up for grabs.
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Did You Know?
Hiatus comes from "hiare," a Latin verb meaning "to gape" or "to yawn," and first appeared in English in the middle of the 16th century. Originally, the word referred to a gap or opening in something, such as a cave opening in a cliff. In the 18th century, Laurence Sterne used the word humorously in his novel Tristram Shandy, writing of "the hiatus in Phutatorius's breeches." These days, "hiatus" is usually used in a temporal sense to refer to a pause or interruption (as in a song), or a period during which an activity is temporarily suspended (such as a hiatus from teaching).
HIATUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hiatus for English Language Learners
: a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped
Medical Definition of hiatus
: a gap or passage through an anatomical part or organ; especially : an opening through which another part or organ passes (such as the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus and vagus nerves pass)
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